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    Windows 2000 network sharing printers

    Hello,

    My brain is in a tangle cos I've been trying to figure out why my secondary computer (running Windows 98) is unable to share printers of primary computer (running Windows 2000).

    In the primary computer networking has all been set up and printers show up with the sharing hand around them. I have checked everywhere to see if I have asked for a password and to the best of my knowledge users may access the network without a password.

    Every time I go into secondary computer and use Network Neighbourhood and try to access entire network it comes up with a message saying password needed. This also happens when I try to print from secondary computer...it can see the printer but wants a password.

    Is there someway I can get rid of any existing passwords and not have them at all, or can I delete and create new ones.

    My son and husband use secondary computer and at the moment they keep bugging me to use mine cos they can't print.

    Hope you can help.

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    Re: Windows 2000 network sharing printers

    Hi ozgal:

    Try this: On the W98 machine, Go to Start|Settings|ControlPanel|Network. On the configuration tab, drop down the list under "Primary Network Logon" and select "Client for Microsoft Networks." Go to Start|Settings|ControlPanel|Passwords. Set your Windows and Microsoft Networking passwords to be identical AND to
    match the login name and password of a user account which is on both of the Win2k machines. You can go further and set up identical user accounts on each of the Win2k machines for the user of the Win98 machine, and then match that login and password on the Win98 machine. (Thanks to Frank Denman of Denman Systems for this method).

    Does that help?

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    Re: Windows 2000 network sharing printers

    You may want to activate the "Guest" account.

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    Re: Windows 2000 network sharing printers

    Hi Keely,

    Thanks for your help. I have followed your suggestions but have still not been able to access the printer/s from second computer. I have two printers, a HP Laserjet IIIP and a HP PSC 750. I've run out of time for now but will try over the weekend to tackle the problem with a fresh mind. I think I also need to download drivers for the HP PSC 750 for the second computer running Windows 98 as a menu comes up requesting these. The HP Laserjet IIIP has a message saying user intervention required (use printer offline - which I cannot do as it is not physically connected to the second computer).

    As I say, a bit of a tangle, but I will get back to it.

    ozgal

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    Re: Windows 2000 network sharing printers

    Hi Dave,

    I think I have activated the guest account (did this through W2k computer) and given my son's name as the user.

    As per my post above I will have to come back to this with a fresh mind over the weekend.

    ozgal

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    Re: Windows 2000 network sharing printers

    You did NOT state if you are using NTFS or not, are you?

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    Re: Windows 2000 network sharing printers

    I have to plead ignorance, Dave. What is NTFS? The program I am using is Windows 2000 Professional. (1-2 processor edition). That is what is on the disc anyway.

    I use the Windows Neighbourhood Network to see the whole network but someone else set it up for me (paid technician).

    Thanks again.

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    Re: Windows 2000 network sharing printers

    The hard disks can be formatted as FAT32 or NTFS. The NTFS has a lot of protection methods with it. If you look at the properties of you hard drive(s) it will tell you if it is FAT32 or NTFS.

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    Re: Windows 2000 network sharing printers

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    I'd like to jump in here too. I've run into the same problems as ozgal; primary computer running Win2K, secondary running Win98. I've set up identical login IDs and passwords on both machines and can share files, but not the printer (HPLaserJet2100M). When I run the Add Printer Wizard to install a shared printer it can't identify the appropriate driver even though I can see it right there on the hard drive.

    I found a Microsoft Knowledge Base article on the issue but contrary to what the article says, inserting the printer manufacturers disk did not make Setup continue. I'm a novice to operating systems and networking and the deeper I dig the more confused I get.

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;[LN];Q210645

    I checked and my Win2K drives are formatted with NTFS in case that is something that should be looked at first.

    Any and all help is much appreciated!

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    Re: Windows 2000 network sharing printers

    Remember that on setting up shared printers you will need to use the drivers for the OS that you are on. If the printer is connected to a 2K machine then it is set up using the 2K drivers. But when you run the Network wizard from a Win 98 machine, it should ask if you want to use the drivers from the other machine (2K) or to use local drivers. In this case you would want to use local drivers for the local OS but connecting to the 2K machine.

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    Re: Windows 2000 network sharing printers

    I know this doesn't solve the main problem, but have you tried hooking the printer up to the other computer to see if it works the other way around? Even if that's not a desired arrangement, it might do in the short term - if it works.

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    Re: Windows 2000 network sharing printers

    Here's my $ 0.02 worth ...

    * Check that the printer is shared on the Win2k Machine (You'd be surprised how many people miss this one.)
    * Can you gain access to the Win2k box from the Win98 box through Network Neighborhood? If the answer is "No" then check that the Win98 user you created on the Win2k box has a non-expiring Password. (If Win2k set up the password with the option "User must change password at next login", the new user will not get access to the system until AFTER he/she logs-in locally and changes the password)
    * Has the shared Win2k printer been installed on the Win98 machine? (Go to Network Neighborhood and double click on the Shared Printer and follow the prompts)

    Good Luck!

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    Re: Windows 2000 network sharing printers

    I too am having a similar problem. I have a server running Windows 2000 Server (with NTFS) and a user who was using Win 98 had a shared printer and another user running Win2K would print to that printer. Everything was fine until we upgraded the first user to 2000 Pro. Now when the second user tries to print he is asked for a password. He has to go into Netwrok Neighborhood, double click on the first user and enter her name and password in order for him to print. This works fine until he shuts his computer down. After startup he has to do this all over again.
    P.S. After a the upgrade I reinstalled the driver onto both users and the server.
    Thing darn things are certainly filled with magic aren't they.
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    Re: Windows 2000 network sharing printers

    From MS

    Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - Q321837

    How to Share a Previously Installed Local Printer

    Log on to the computer as an administrator.
    Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Printers.
    In the Printers folder, right-click the printer that you want to publish in Active Directory, and then click Properties.
    Click the Sharing tab, click Share As, and then either type a share name or accept the default name.

    Use only letters and numbers; do not use spaces, punctuation, or special characters.
    Click to select the List in the Directory check box, and then click OK.
    Close the Printers folder.
    <font color=red> NOTE: If you want to make this printer available to users who are running different versions of Windows, you must install additional drivers. To do so, click Additional Drivers on the Sharing tab of the Printer properties, and then select the appropriate items in the list.
    </font color=red>


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    Also check firewall settings. Most firewalls block ports used for printer sharing across TCP/IP.


    Good Luck,

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    Re: Windows 2000 network sharing printers

    Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - Q246289

    Installing Printer From Printer Share Across Security Boundary Generates "No Suitable Drivers..." Error Message
    The information in this article applies to:
    Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
    Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
    Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
    Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server

    SYMPTOMS
    When you double-click a printer share and try to install it after you browse and connect to this share across security boundaries between enterprises, you may receive the following error message:

    No suitable drivers were found for this printer.

    You may then be prompted to select the appropriate drivers from a list.
    Also, you may receive this error message even if the server can provide the client computer that is attempting to connect with the correct drivers for this printer.

    CAUSE
    This problem can occur if the credentials of the client computer do not match any known accounts in the target domain or enterprise. When this occurs, the error message listed earlier in this article is generated, and the connection to the PRINT$ share for a driver download does not work.


    Hope this helps,

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